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Author Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642,
Title Dialogo dei massimi sistemi. English (Finocchiaro)
Galileo on the world systems : a new abridged translation and guide / Maurice A. Finocchiaro.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1997.

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Author Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642,
Subject Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642. Dialogo dei massimi sistemi.
Astronomy -- Early works to 1800.
Solar system -- Early works to 1800.
Alt Name Finocchiaro, Maurice A., 1942-
Translation of: Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642. Dialogo dei massimi sistemi.
Description 1 online resource (xi, 425 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 399-407) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Editorial Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Selections from Galileo's Dialogue -- Outline of Selections -- To the Discerning Reader -- First Day -- Second Day -- Third Day -- Fourth Day -- Appendix -- Glossary -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Galileo's 1632 book, Dialogue on the Two Chief World Systems, Ptolemaic and Copernican, comes alive for twentieth-century readers thanks to Maurice Finocchiaro's brilliant new translation and presentation. Condemned by the Inquisition for its heretical proposition that the earth revolves around the sun, Galileo's masterpiece takes the form of a debate, divided into four "days," among three highly articulate gentlemen. Finocchiaro sets the stage with his introduction, which not only provides the human and historical framework for the Dialogue but also admits the reader gracefully into the basic non-Copernican understanding of the universe that would have been shared by Galileo's original audience. The translation of the Dialogue is abridged in order to highlight its essential content, and Finocchiaro gives titles to the various parts of the debate as a guide to the principal topics. By explicating his own critical reading of this text that is itself an exercise in critical reasoning on a gripping real-life controversy, he illuminates those universal, perennial activities of the human mind that make Galileo's book a living document. This is a concrete, hands-on introduction to critical thinking. The translation has been made from the Italian text provided in volume 7 of the Critical National Edition of Galileo's complete works edited by Antonio Favaro. The translator has also consulted the 1632 edition, as well as the other previous English translations, including California's 1967 version.Galileo on the World Systems is a remarkably nuanced interpretation of a classic work and will give readers the tools to understand and evaluate for themselves one of the most influential scientific books in Western civilization.
ISBN 9780520918221 (electronic bk.)
0520918223 (electronic bk.)
058505519X (electronic bk.)
9780585055190 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 43475069
Additional Format Print version: Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642. Dialogo dei massimi sistemi. English (Finocchiaro). Galileo on the world systems. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1997 0520205480 (DLC) 96004256 (OCoLC)34114342
Table of Contents
 Editorial Preface and Acknowledgments 
1Significance of Galileo's Dialogue1
2The Geostatic Worldview7
3The Copernican Controversy28
4The Galileo Affair38
5Historical Aftermath and Philosophical Prelude47
 Selections from Galileo's Dialogue71
 Outline of Selections73
 To the Discerning Reader 
 First Day 
 2Natural Motion and Aristotle's Logic83
 3Heavenly Changes and Aristotle's Empiricism91
 4Life on the Moon, and Human versus Divine Understanding107
 Second Day 
 5Independent-Mindedness and the Role of Aristotle's Authority117
 6Diurnal Rotation, Simplicity, and Probability128
 7The Case against Terrestrial Rotation and the Value of Critical Reasoning142
 8Vertical Fall, Superposition of Motions, and the Role of Experiments155
 9Extruding Power and the Role of Mathematics171
 10The Deception of the Senses and the Relativity of Motion212
 Third Day 
 11Heliocentrism and the Role of the Telescope221
 12The Role of the Bible245
 13Stellar Dimensions and the Concept of Size247
 14Stellar Parallax and the Fruitfulness of a Research Program264
 Fourth Day 
 15The Cause of the Tides and the Inescapability of Error282
App. 1Critical Reasoning309
App. 2Methodological Reflection335
App. 3Varieties of Rhetoric356